umockdev mocks hardware devices for creating unit tests for libraries and programs that handle Linux hardware devices. It also provides tools to record the properties and behaviour of particular devices, and to run a program or test suite under a test bed with the previously recorded devices loaded. This also allows developers of software like gphoto or libmtp to receive these records in bug reports and recreate the problem on their system without having access to the affected hardware.
UMockdevTestbed class builds a temporary sandbox for mock devices.
Right now this covers sysfs, uevents, basic support for /dev devices, and
recording/mocking usbdevfs ioctls (for PtP/MTP devices), but other aspects will
be added in the future. You can add a number of devices including arbitrary
sysfs attributes and udev properties, and then run your software in that test
bed that is independent of the actual hardware it is running on. With this you
can simulate particular hardware in virtual environments up to some degree,
without needing any particular privileges or disturbing the whole system.
umockdev consists of the following parts:
umockdev-recordprogram generates text dumps (conventionally called
*.umockdev) of some specified, or all of the system's devices and their sysfs attributes and udev properties. It can also record ioctls that a particular program sends and receives to/from a device, and store them into a text file (conventionally called
- The libumockdev library provides the
UMockdevTestbedGObject class which builds sysfs and /dev testbeds, provides API to generate devices, attributes, properties, and uevents on the fly, and can load
*.ioctlrecords into them. It provides VAPI and GI bindings, so you can use it from C, Vala, and any programming language that supports introspection. This is the API that you should use for writing regression tests. You can find the API documentation in
docs/referencein the source directory.
- The libumockdev-preload library intercepts access to /sys, /dev/, the
kernel's netlink socket (for uevents) and ioctl() and re-routes them into
the sandbox built by libumockdev. You don't interface with this library
directly, instead you need to run your test suite or other program that uses
libumockdev through the
umockdev-runprogram builds a sandbox using libumockdev, can load
*.ioctlfiles into it, and run a program in that sandbox. I. e. it is a CLI interface to libumockdev, which is useful in the "debug a failure with a particular device" use case if you get the text dumps from a bug report. This automatically takes care of using the preload library, i. e. you don't need
umockdev-wrapperwith this. You cannot use this program if you need to simulate uevents or change attributes/properties on the fly; for those you need to use libumockdev directly.
API: Create a fake battery
Batteries, and power supplies in general, are simple devices in the sense that
userspace programs such as upower only communicate with them through sysfs and
uevents. No /dev nor ioctls are necessary.
docs/examples/ has two example
programs how to use libumockdev to create a fake battery device, change it to
low charge, sending an uevent, and running upower on a local test system D-BUS
in the testbed, with watching what happens with
battery.c shows how to do that with plain GObject in C,
the equivalent program in Python that uses the GI binding.
Command line: Record and replay PtP/MTP USB devices
Connect your digital camera, mobile phone, or other device which supports PtP or MTP, and locate it in lsusb. For example
Bus 001 Device 012: ID 0fce:0166 Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro
Dump the sysfs device and udev properties:$ umockdev-record /dev/bus/usb/001/012 > mobile.umockdev
Now record the dynamic behaviour (i. e. usbfs ioctls) of various operations. You can store multiple different operations in the same file, which will share the common communication between them. For example:$ umockdev-record --ioctl mobile.ioctl /dev/bus/usb/001/012 mtp-detect$ umockdev-record --ioctl mobile.ioctl /dev/bus/usb/001/012 mtp-emptyfolders
Now you can disconnect your device, and run the same operations in a mocked testbed. Please note that
/dev/bus/usb/001/012merely echoes what is in
mobile.umockdevand it is independent of what is actually in the real /dev directory. You can rename that device in the generated
*.umockdevfiles and on the command line.$ umockdev-run --load mobile.umockdev --ioctl /dev/bus/usb/001/012=mobile.ioctl mtp-detect$ umockdev-run --load mobile.umockdev --ioctl /dev/bus/usb/001/012=mobile.ioctl mtp-emptyfolders
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